The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada, which includes more than 900,000 people living in 634 First Nation communities and in cities and towns across the country.
First Nation leaders (Chiefs) from coast to coast to coast direct the work of AFN through resolutions passed at Chiefs Assemblies held at least twice a year.
Resource: Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnership Program (ACBTP)
Description of Program/Initiative
This program funds partnerships between Aboriginal communities and public post-secondary institutions to deliver community-based programs for Aboriginal learners. The objectives of ACBTP are
– to provide Aboriginal Participants with post-secondary education and skills training in their Communities that will lead to employment;
– support Aboriginal Community needs and priorities, including responding to new economic opportunities and industry needs for a local skilled labour force; and
– provide recognized post-secondary credentials or credits that are portable or transferable.
This program has been running since FY2012/13, with annual funding allocations and participant numbers as follows:
– FY2012/13 – $7M; 571 participants received training.
– FY2013/14 – $7M; 644 participants received training.
– FY2014/15 – $5.4M; 549 participants received training.
– FY2015/16 – $5.7M; 581 participants received training.
Agassiz, Alert Bay, Bella Bella, Courtenay, Cowichan, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Powell River, Tofino, Bella Coola, Brentwood Bay, Victoria, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Comox, Chilliwack, Duncan, Enderby, Vernon, Chase, Fort St.James, Haida Gwaii communities (Old Masset, Skidegate, Tlell ), Kelowna, Lillooet, Meritt, Douglas Lake, Lytton, Mount Currie, North Vancouver, Penticton, Quesnel, Redstone, Williams Lake, Takla Landing, Vancouver, New Westminster, Surrey, Vanderhoof, Fort Fraser, Fraser Lake, Vernon, Port Renfrew, Riske Creek, Yekooche.
Applications for program funding must be jointly submitted by a public post-secondary institution and an Aboriginal community. The definition used for an Aboriginal Community is 'A First Nations band, group of bands or Tribal Council, an off-reserve Aboriginal community-based entity that represents Aboriginal people living off-reserve, such as Metis organizations and Aboriginal Friendship Centres, but does not include an organization whose primary purpose is to provide training."
All participants must be Aboriginal. Because a significant portion of the ACBTP funding is through CJF, the majority of participants (but not all participants) must meet the Canada BC Job Fund Agreement eligibility requirements of being unemployed or underemployed, and not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). Those that do not meet the Canada BC Job Fund Agreement eligibility requirements are funded through the Ministry of Advanced Education.
Post secondary facilitiesProvince-wide
Exclusively targets Aboriginal people.
In FY2015/16 AVED entered into 31 Shared Cost Arrangement with various public post-secondary institutions and Aboriginal communities, with 29 of these starting cohorts in FY2015/16. The majority of these Shared Cost Arrangements are multi-year, so there will be numerous intakes between FY2015/16 and FY2018/19; depending on the program, some provide one training program over multiple years and some have multiple cohorts for one program.